Derrick Smith

Politics
3:06 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

State Rep. Derrick Smith Convicted Of Taking Bribe

An Illinois lawmaker was found guilty Tuesday of taking a $7,000 bribe. 

Federal authorities say State Rep. Derrick Smith, a Chicago Democrat, took the bribe in exchange for supporting a daycare center’s application for state money.

The FBI secretly recorded Smith with the help of an informant who helped arrange the bribe. Smith’s defense attorney says the informant pushed the bribe. He says Smith wouldn’t have sought it out.

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Illinois
4:28 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Closing Arguments Expected Soon In Lawmaker Bribery Trial

Rep. Derrick Smith
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A federal judge says she expects attorneys to make their closing arguments in the bribery trial of an Illinois state representative Monday.

Prosecutors allege State Representative Derrick Smith took $7,000 in exchange for writing a letter of support for a grant application.

They put an FBI agent on the stand - who told jurors that after Smith was arrested - he took agents to his house and handed over some of the alleged bribe money that he kept in a cedar chest.

The agent says Smith told him that he did it “for the people.”

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Illinois
5:39 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Lawmaker Denied Delay In Corruption Trial

Rep. Derrick Smith
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Neither politics nor back pain will delay the start of State Representative Derrick Smith’s federal corruption trial next week.

The Chicago Democrat is also supposed to be in Springfield for the closing days of the legislative session.

Smith’s lawyer - Vic Henderson - wanted a delay for his client.

"He thought it was critical to be there for the last several days in order to represent the people in his district, and he made a request to do that," Henderson said.

But Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman says he should have planned ahead - and denied the request.

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-Illinois
4:39 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Another State Lawmaker Faces Federal Charges

Rep. LaShawn Ford (D)
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State Representative LaShawn Ford stands accused of 17 counts of bank fraud and lying to the bank. Federal prosecutors say the Chicago Democrat took out a line of credit worth a half million dollars starting in 2006 from the now-failed ShoreBank. Ford owns a real estate company.

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Illinois House
2:25 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Illinois House expels Rep. Derrick Smith

Derrick Smith
ilga.gov

For the first time in more than a century, the Illinois House has voted to kick out one of its members.  

Derrick Smith, a Democrat who had represented the west side of Chicago, is charged with taking a $7,000 bribe in exchange for helping a daycare secure a state grant.

Although he's fighting the charge in court, legislators say his removal is warranted because it's clear he crossed the line.

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The Derrick Smith case
12:07 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

House will convene Aug. 17 on Smith's fate

Rep. Derrick Smith

The Illinois House of Representatives will convene for one day next month to consider whether to expel one of its own.

A day after a special House committee recommended that Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, lose his seat, Speaker Michael Madigan told members to be in Springfield on Friday, Aug. 17.

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Politics
10:20 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Indicted state representative wants hearing delayed

Rep. Derrick Smith
www.ilga.gov

A special legislative panel is scheduled to hold its final disciplinary hearing against indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, next Thursday, but Smith's attorneys want that timeline pushed back.

Smith was arrested in March on charges that he accepted a $7,000 bribe in exchange for helping a day care center get a state grant.

Although he's pleaded not guilty in federal court, there's no requirement that the General Assembly wait for a final verdict. The Illinois House is free to mete out punishment -- including taking away his seat.

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